Life is a battle – a daily battle. It never quits. That’s why God calls us to “fight the good fight.” Why is life so hard? We might say, “because I have lots of difficult people and demands in my life.” But there is a bigger demon – ME! I love what Pat Riley, former NBA basketball coach, says about the difficulty of building a good team. And if ever there has been a coach that knew how to mold guys together as a team – it’s Pat Riley. But he says,”Selfish stars focus on themselves. They resent others getting any glory. The most difficult thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, because it’s much easier to be selfish. He calls it “the disease of ME.”
The Bible calls this sin. We are all natural born sinners. We are far more interested in ourselves than in anyone else. If you don’t believe it, ask yourself, “Who do I think about most?” We try to be in control of our lives, rather than trusting God to be in charge. So the reason life is such a battle is because of our sin.
Jesus came to save us from our sin…to forgive us and cleanse and transform us. He came to set us free from “the disease of me,” to where we want to please God more than ourselves. Don’t you want to find victory in the battle of life? Following Jesus can give you that victory.